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Spain suspect says terror cell planned big attack on monuments

Spain suspect says terror cell planned big attack on monuments

MADRID: A suspected member of the terror cell that unleashed carnage in Spain last week admitted to a judge on Tuesday (Aug 22) that the militants had planned to hit monuments in an even bigger attack.

Trump orders probe of China's intellectual property rules: Officials

Trump orders probe of China's intellectual property rules: Officials

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will sign a memorandum Monday that could lead to sanctions against China over its intellectual property practices, administration officials said on Saturday (Aug 12.)

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Egypt train collision kills at least 37: Ministry

Egypt train collision kills at least 37: Ministry

ALEXANDRIA: At least 37 people were killed as two trains collided on Friday (Aug 11) outside the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, in one of the deadliest in a string of such accidents in Egypt, the health ministry said.

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Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

BRUSSELS: A scandal involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland and as far away as Hong Kong on Friday (Aug 11) as the European Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis.

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Portugal fires rage as scorching temperatures return

Portugal fires rage as scorching temperatures return

ABRANTES, Portugal: Over 2,600 firefighters battled 62 wildfires raging across Portugal on Thursday (Aug 10), officials said, as the return of scorching heat put an end to the respite after a spate of blazes.

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Cyberattack leaves millions without mobile phone service in Venezuela

Cyberattack leaves millions without mobile phone service in Venezuela

CARACAS: A massive cyberattack that took down government websites in Venezuela earlier this week also has left seven million mobile phone users without service, the government said on Thursday (Aug 10).

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Qatar waives visas for Singapore, dozens of other countries amid Gulf boycott

Qatar waives visas for Singapore, dozens of other countries amid Gulf boycott

DOHA: Qatar announced on Wednesday a programme to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries to encourage air transport and tourism amid a two-month boycott imposed on the Gulf state by its neighbours.

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Outrage over South Korean stem cell scandal official's new post

Outrage over South Korean stem cell scandal official's new post

SEOUL: Hundreds of South Korean scientists expressed outrage Wednesday (Aug 9) after a controversial figure accused of covering up a notorious stem cell research fraud was appointed as the country's top technology official.

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Vitamin 'breakthrough' to cut miscarriages, birth defects: Australian scientists

Vitamin 'breakthrough' to cut miscarriages, birth defects: Australian scientists

SYDNEY: Taking a common vitamin supplement could significantly reduce the number of miscarriages and birth defects worldwide, Australian scientists said on (Aug 10) Thursday, in what they described as a major breakthrough in pregnancy research.

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Suspect arrested after car rams Paris anti-terror troops

Suspect arrested after car rams Paris anti-terror troops

PARIS: French police shot and arrested a suspect in a dramatic motorway chase Wednesday (Aug 9) after a car smashed into soldiers outside a barracks in a Paris suburb, injuring six.

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Nearly 60,000 evacuated after China quake kills 19

Nearly 60,000 evacuated after China quake kills 19

CHENGDU: China on Wednesday (Aug 9) evacuated nearly 60,000 people in its mountainous southwest after a strong earthquake killed at least 19, rattling a region where memories of a 2008 seismic disaster remain fresh.

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Landslide in southwest China kills 24

Landslide in southwest China kills 24

BEIJING: A landslide triggered by heavy rain killed at least 24 people in China's mountainous southwestern province of Sichuan on Tuesday (Aug 8), state media reported.

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Icy treat for panda stars' birthday in Dutch zoo

Icy treat for panda stars' birthday in Dutch zoo

THE HAGUE: Two multi-layered "cakes" made from ice, vegetable juice and fruit greeted a pair of giant pandas at a Dutch zoo on Tuesday (Aug 8) for their first birthday party since arriving from China.

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Macron backpedals on creating First Lady status

Macron backpedals on creating First Lady status

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to backpedal on the issue of creating an official First Lady position for his wife in the face of attacks from left-wing opponents and a petition against the move, officials and reports said.

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Renault signs €660m deal with Iran

Renault signs €660m deal with Iran

TEHRAN: French automaker Renault on Monday (Aug 7) signed a long-awaited joint venture deal with Iran worth €660 million (US$779 million) to build up to 300,000 cars per year.

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Tainted eggs scandal spreads to Britain, France

Tainted eggs scandal spreads to Britain, France

BRUSSELS: Britain and France said on Monday (Aug 7) that some insecticide-tainted eggs may have entered the country, as millions of chickens faced being culled in the Netherlands in a growing European contamination scandal.

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